By Lynessa O’Connor
Everyday we wander through the halls of the castle. We see our friends, our housemates, and then there are the strangers. Sometimes were interested and other times we just seem to not care but when we take the time to stop and talk to strangers in the halls, we might happen upon someone who sparks your interest and we want to get to know better. I have taken it upon myself to start to bring our younger years into the limelight and introduce them to the school, letting their stories to us shine. So today I am happy to introduce the whole of Hogwart’s to Miss Okalani “Oki” Kalawai’a, a second year Gryffindor.
The questions that I ask when hoping people will tell me about their pieces of home are simple. I always ask them what is something that they brought from home with them here to school. Oki was nice enough to share that information with me and told me about her item. “It’s a small little globe that has a gold base with a clear top and gold rode with a golden heart coming out of the top. Inside, I’ve got a few bracelets.” she would then show me the item and shared with me the small and intricate details of the object. It was then that she would start to disclose the story of what the item meant to her.
Oki sat with me for some time as she would tell me the tale of her piece of home and why it held such a huge place in her heart. “It was my grandmother’s jewelry box when she was first married to my grandfather. She handed it down to my mother when she got married and when my sister and I got our Hogwarts letters we each got to pick an item to take with us to school.” Her expression and her emotion when revealing this story to me was endearing and out chatting went on for sometime after about her family and some of her stories of home.
I then wrapped up the conversation with Oki and asked her why she chose to pick this item to share with me and also why she chose to bring it to her with school. “I picked this one because it reminds me of my family and my heritage. It reminds me not just of my physical home but my ancestral home too.” Sometimes It’s not just our families that we miss, or our houses and pets. It could be something as simple as a routine or tradition that helps to make us all feel whole. Thank you Okalani for sharing with us all your piece of home!